Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is PACeS?

Prairie Adventist Christian eSchool (PACeS) is one of several online schools in the province of Alberta. These schools can be public schools or independent schools under the direction of the Alberta Ministry of Education. All students must meet the Alberta learning outcomes for their prescribed grade. PACeS is licensed and accredited by the provincial government. PACeS offers programs and courses that have been developed by the North American Division of the SDA church and are augmented by direct teacher input in support of the K-12 Alberta curriculum.

How much does it cost?

Alberta Residents
There are no tuition fees for students enrolled in our K-12 online (teacher-directed) program.

The Alberta Government provides funding ($835/student – receipts are required) for families that are under the Home Education Regulation (parent-directed program) and registered with PACeS prior to September 30th.

Non-Alberta Residents

Tuition Rates:
 K-6                               $1530
7-9                               $2080
10-12                         $2600         (High School classes taken without a full load are $500 each)

Family Discount:
 First/Second Child:         Full Rate
Third/Fourth Child:        Half Rate

What equipment do I need?

You will need a computer with internet connectivity, a headset with a microphone (2 jack type or USB), a webcam and a printer with a scanner. Free programs that you must have downloaded to your computer are Adobe Reader and Java Script. If you need help downloading contact PACeS using the contact form. For more information on required technology, click here.

When can I join PACeS?

Applications are accepted at any time, however, students may only join classes at the beginning of the Semester (9-12) or Term (K-8, Terms 1-3).

Can I transfer back to regular school from PACeS?

You may transfer back to regular school at any time. At year-end, the transition is automatic upon completion of a grade or courses. During the year, students may transfer in or out of PACeS. The curriculum match for students leaving PACeS and entering regular schools will be the receiving school’s responsibility.

Can I do Distance Education by myself?

Parents or guardians are expected to assist students by monitoring time and work completed. The family may hire a tutor if and when needed. The assigned teacher at PACeS will be available to provide assistance.

What is the difference between traditional home schooling and Online home schooling?

The traditional approach to homeschooling under section 2(3) of the Home Education Regulation is still in effect. Under this approach, students are registered and there are no accountability issues for parents. Parents provide their children with a program, but do so with no interference and two reporting times per year. PACeS is offering that service at this time

Those families who would like to be under the supervision of a teacher and meet the prescribed learning outcomes in the required courses, can be enrolled with the PACeS online program. The student will receive four regular report cards each year.

How will PACeS implement the ministry guidelines?

Traditional Home Education
Parents will have to prepare a student-learning plan in consultation with PACeS Administration. This will include course outlines showing how they will fulfill the learning outcomes in the Ministry IRPs (Integrated Resource Packages). A list of all the resources (approved by PACeS) used must be provided. Parents can start by identifying those materials they want to use. PACeS Administration will assist in the preparation of the learning plan, and will review the proposed plan to ensure that it meets the learning outcomes.

Online Education
Students will follow ministry guidelines as outlined by their Alberta-certified teachers.

Parent Questions

Questions a Parent or Guardian should ask themselves before starting this program.

1. Am I willing to learn the necessary technology to help my child?
2. Am I willing to be actively involved in my child’s education and progress?
3. Do I check my emails regularly and respond to them in a timely fashion?
4. Can I assist my child in establishing a daily routine?
5. Am I willing to assist my child in organizing daily work and assignments?
6. Can I be aware of deadlines and working with my child to ensure that assignments and tests are being completed and submitted to the teacher by the due dates?
7. Am I willing to check my child’s marks on a regular basis to monitor progress?
8. Will I encourage my child to ask the teacher questions when he/she does not understand?
9. Is my relationship with my child such that he/she will respond to my support, encouragement and assistance?
10. Do I enjoy being with my child?
11. Am I willing to discuss and encourage my child’s progress?
12. Can I provide a positive learning environment?